I study social phenomena in terms of interactions between their social (social cues, contexts, experiences, and behaviors), cognitive (mental information processing mechanisms), and neural (neural representations and mechanisms) aspects. Three pressing questions motivate my research: (1) What are the behavioral and brain mechanisms that underlie social psychological phenomena? (2) What overlap / division exists between social and non-social cognitive processes involved in these phenomena? (3) How can answers to these first 2 questions help us understand and treat deficits in social cognition (e.g. Autism, Social Anxiety, Psychopathy)? My research involves applying behavioral, electrophysiological, pharmacological and neuroimaging research techniques to both healthy and clinical populations.